Pre-flight COVID-19 testing has become the latest subject of debate as the Biden Administration has intensified the public safety measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Various representatives of the airlines have opposed the idea of mandatory pre-testing, as there are still limited testing resources. If most of the bookings get canceled on this pretext it can seriously hurt the airline business which is already depressed.
To address the issue, CEO of the Southwest Airlines Gary Kelly wrote a letter to the White House and asked to lift the COVID-19 testing requirements. As the airline industry is also facing a huge loss, it can further curb their earnings.
After an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases, the Biden Administration has implemented strict prevention measures.
From January 26, all foreign travelers to the US are required to show negative test reports for the COVID-19. The measures required international travelers to have a test before the flight, and they were to remain in quarantine for a specific number of days after arriving in the United States.
Although the test is just one of the many precautions that can lower the risk but do not necessarily eliminate the risk of the virus infection. However, authorities believe that combined with other measures, such as the use of masks and quarantine, it can significantly reduce the danger.
The current administration thinks that this pre-flight testing requirement will help control the spread of the virus in the country.
According to the reports from CDC, the United States is among the most vulnerable countries as there are instances of new COVID-19 variant infected people.
Although it is deemed challenging for the airline industry, the Biden Administration is not ready to lift the restrictions, at least for the international commuters.
As far as the domestic flights are concerned, Ed Bastian, the CEO of Delta Air has voiced concerns over the restrictions. He has called it a horrible idea, and believes that it won’t have substantial outcomes and would rather push an already affected industry into further losses.